Rob Sharenow

Lifetime orders Clan of the Cave Bear pilot

US cable net Lifetime has ordered a The Clan of the Cave Bear pilot. The show will be based on the eponymous Jean M. Auel’s best-selling novel, which is part of the Earth’s Children series. It will be produced by Fox 21, Lionsgate, Ron Howard’s Imagine Television and Allison Shearmur Productions. Howard (A Beautiful Mind) […]

Lifetime orders four reality series, puts three into development

Lifetime has picked up four new unscripted series and put another three in development. The female-skewed US cable net has picked up Girlfriends Intervention, Born in the Wild, Kosher Soul and Threads. Girlfriends Intervention, from RuPaul’s Drag Race producer World of Wonder, follows four African American women who “help a white sister seeking a complete […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]

Lifetime gambles on The Lottery

US cable net Lifetime has commissioned a conspiracy thriller titled The Lottery – the A+E Networks-owned channel’s second scripted greenlight in days. Last week, female-skewed Lifetime ordered 10 episodes of Un-Real, a drama set behind-the-scenes at a popular reality TV show. The Lottery will also be 10 episodes and is set in a dystopian future […]

A+E greenlights first fully-owned scripted series

A+E Networks has commissioned its first fully-financed, produced and controlled scripted series. Un-Real, a “dark comedy [that] gives a behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition programme”, has been lined up for female-skewed cable channel Lifetime. In-house production arm A+E Studios will fully finance and produce the show, with A+E […]

News brief: More Devious Maids for Lifetime

A+E Networks-owned Lifetime has ordered a second season of the Judy Reyes-starring melodrama Devious Maids. The 13-episode order will lead Lifetime’s 2014 scripted slate, according to Lifetime’s executive VP and general manager Rob Sharenow. It will be produced by ABC Studios. The first season launched on June 23. It follows four close-knit maids who first […]

New look A+E programing team ups four

A+E Networks has followed its recent appointment of a new top programming team by promoting four executives at History, H2, Lifetime and Bio. The Hatfields and McCoys channel operator had named Elaine Frontain Bryant as senior VP, development and programming, History; Paul Cabana as Senior VP and head of programming, H2; Mary Donahue as senior […]

Jana Bennett joins new look A+E

Former BBC Worldwide president of worldwide networks Jana Bennett has re-emerged at A+E Networks, where she will make up part of a new-look team operating under new president and CEO Nancy Dubuc. Bennett, who exited BBCWW last year as part of a major restructure of the BBC’s commercial arm, will become president of the second-tier […]